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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:21 EST from rss

Subject: FDR is born

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On this day in 1882, future President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is born. Roosevelt grew up the only child in an upper middle-class family in Hyde Park, New York. He graduated from Harvard in 1904 and later received a degree from Columbia Law School. In 1905, Roosevelt married his influential ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:30:47 EST from rss

Subject: Andrew Jackson narrowly escapes assassination

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On this day in 1835, Andrew Jackson becomes the first American president to experience an assassination attempt. Richard Lawrence, an unemployed house painter, approached Jackson as he left a congressional funeral held in the House chamber of the Capitol building and shot at him, but his gun ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:18:11 EST from rss

Subject: The Lone Ranger debuts on Detroit radio

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With the stirring notes of the William Tell Overture and a shout of “Hi-yo, Silver! Away!” The Lone Ranger debuts on Detroit’s WXYZ radio station. The creation of station-owner George Trendle and writer Fran Striker, the “masked rider of the plains” became one of the most popular and enduring ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:43:57 EST from rss

Subject: Sidney Bechet

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On this day in 1923, jazz pioneer Sidney Bechet cuts his first record, featuring “Wild Cat Blues” and “Kansas City Blues.” Bechet was born in New Orleans in 1897. Like his four brothers, Bechet began playing music at an early age. Having learned clarinet at age six, he was playing with local bands ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:18:23 EST from rss

Subject: Michael Dorris is born

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On this day, Native American novelist Michael Dorris is born in Louisville, Kentucky. Dorris met his wife, Louise Erdrich, at a poetry reading at Dartmouth, where he had founded a Native American studies program. Dorris had already adopted three Native American children in the early 1970s, one of ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:36 EST from rss

Subject: Gene Hackman born

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Gene Hackman, one of Hollywood’s most prolific and acclaimed actors for four decades, is born on this day in 1930, in San Bernardino, California. At the age of 16, Hackman left home to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps for a three-year stint. He then studied journalism and television production at ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:10 EST from rss

Subject: Plane crashes off Ivory Coast

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A Kenya Airways Airbus A-310 crashes after takeoff into the Atlantic Ocean off the Ivory Coast on this day in 2000. Because the passengers did not have enough time to put on life jackets, only 10 people out of the 179 on board survived. Kenya Airways Flight 431 left Nairobi, Kenya, and was supposed ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:29 EST from rss

Subject: Gandhi assassinated in New Delhi

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Mohandas Gandhi, the world’s chief advocate of non-violence, is assassinated in New Delhi by a terrorist sponsored by a right-wing Hindu militia group. The murder came only 10 days after a failed attempt on Gandhi’s life. Thirty-nine-year-old Nathuram Godse shot the great Indian leader as he made ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:23 EST from rss

Subject: Tet Offensive shakes Cold War confidence

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In coordinated attacks all across South Vietnam, communist forces launch their largest offensive of the Vietnam War against South Vietnamese and U.S. troops. Dozens of cities, towns, and military bases–including the U.S. embassy in Saigon–were attacked. The massive offensive was not a military ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:16 EST from rss

Subject: Nathaniel Banks born

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On this day in 1816, Union General Nathaniel Banks is born in Waltham, Massachusetts. Banks was a political general–he had few military skills, but as an anti-slave Republican from Massachusetts, he helpedPresident AbrahamLincoln’s administration maintain support in that region. Banks was born to a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:37 EST from rss

Subject: Maryland finally ratifies Articles of Confederation

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On this day in 1781, Maryland becomes the 13th and final state to ratify the Articles of Confederation, almost three years after the official deadline given by Congress of March 10, 1778. The Continental Congress drafted the Article of Confederation in a disjointed process that began in 1776. ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:52 EST from rss

Subject: RAF launches massive daytime raid on Berlin

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On this day, the British Royal Air Force begins a bombing campaign on the German capital that coincides with the 10th anniversary of Hitler’s accession to power. The Casablanca Conference, held from January 14 to 23, saw Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the ...

[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:17 EDT from rss

Subject: Adolf Hitler is named chancellor of Germany

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On this day in 1933, President Paul von Hindenburg names Adolf Hitler, leader or fÜhrer of the National Socialist German Workers Party (or Nazi Party), as chancellor of Germany. The year 1932 had seen Hitler’s meteoric rise to prominence in Germany, spurred largely by the German people’s ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:43:30 EDT from rss

Subject: Germany resumes submarine warfare

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On January 31, 1917, Germany announces the renewal of unlimited submarine warfare in the Atlantic, and German torpedo-armed submarines prepare to attack any and all ships, including civilian passenger carriers, said to be sited in war-zone waters. Three days later, the United States broke ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:14:37 EDT from rss

Subject: The death of Guy Fawkes

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At Westminster in London, Guy Fawkes, a chief conspirator in the plot to blow up the British Parliament building, jumps to his death moments before his execution for treason. On the eve of a general parliamentary session scheduled for November 5, 1605, Sir Thomas Knyvet, a justice of the peace, ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:09 EST from rss

Subject: Truman announces development of H-bomb

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U.S. President Harry S. Truman publicly announces his decision to support the development of the hydrogen bomb, a weapon theorized to be hundreds of times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during World War II. Five months earlier, the United States had lost its nuclear supremacy ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:28 EST from rss

Subject: Apollo 14 departs for the moon

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Apollo 14, piloted by astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell, and Stuart A. Roosa, is successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a manned mission to the moon. On February 5, after suffering some initial problems in docking the lunar and command modules, Shepard and Mitchell ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:05:08 EST from rss

Subject: Viet Cong attack U.S. Embassy

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On this day in 1968, as part of the Tet Offensive, a squad of Viet Cong guerillas attacks the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. The soldiers seized the embassy and held it for six hours until an assault force of U.S. paratroopers landed by helicopter on the building’s roof and routed the Viet Cong. The Tet ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:40:49 EST from rss

Subject: The execution of Pvt. Slovik

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On this day, Pvt. Eddie Slovik becomes the first American soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion-and the only one who suffered such a fate during World War II. Pvt. Eddie Slovik was a draftee. Originally classified 4-F because of a prison record (grand theft auto), he was ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:16:50 EST from rss

Subject: Germans unleash U-boats

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On this day in 1917, Germany announces the renewal of unrestricted submarine warfare in the Atlantic as German torpedo-armed submarines prepare to attack any and all ships, including civilian passenger carriers, said to be sighted in war-zone waters. When World War I erupted in 1914, President ...

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